Carroll strike proves difference
Published 25/03/2010 | 05:00
Donegal advanced to the semi-finals with a determined display against Armagh in Brewster Park.
In a lively opening half Dermot Molloy had the first point inside a minute, but by the 15th minute Armagh were two ahead with Tony Donnelly and Mark Shields among their scorers.
Donegal came into their own with Michael Murphy moved to full-forward, and he laid on a goal for James Carroll to fire home. Armagh got back to within a point before two late points from Molloy had Donegal ahead by three at the break, 1-5 to 0-5.
The second half was point for point with Armagh reduced to 14 after six minutes, Gary McCoey picking up a second yellow.
Francis Hanratty and Molloy continued to trade scores while Leo McLoone hit a big point for Donegal as they held on with Armagh hitting six second-half wides.
Scorers -- Donegal: D Molloy 0-6 (2f), J Carroll 1-0, L McLoone 0-2, M Murphy 0-1.Armagh: F Hanratty 0-4 (4f), J Clarke (0-1f), R Grugan (0-1f), M Shields, T Donnelly C Rafferty 0-1 each.
Donegal -- P Boyle; E Doherty, C Boyle, P McGrath; D Walsh, K Mulhern, C Classon; L McLoone, D Curran; M McHugh, D Murphy, D Molloy; J Carroll, M Murphy, D McLaughlin. Subs:C Morrisson for Carroll, P McGee for Classon, P McNelis for McLaughlin.
Armagh -- R McGuinness; M McConville, D O'Callaghan, J Morgan; M Shields, G McCoey, D Cumiskey; A Duffy, S Sheridan; R Grugan, J Clarke, T Donnelly; K Hoey, C Rafferty, F Hanratty. Subs: R Kennedy for J Clarke; E McGeown for K Hoey.
Ref -- E McHugh (Tyrone).